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Bulbs in bloom herald spring's approach.

calla lily

Posted February 28, 2013. Photo courtesy of Amy Landers/ABQ BioPark.

Enjoy spring colors early this year with 200 baskets of calla lilies in the Botanic Garden’s Mediterranean Conservatory. Most often associated with Easter, Calla lilies are a florist favorite for bouquets year-round.

Native to southern and east Africa, calla lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) are perennials that thrive in warm climates. Breeders have developed many colorful varieties with beautiful, curving flower spathes and yellow spadix in the center.

To care for living calla lilies at home, plant them in rich, loamy soil, provide plenty of moisture and keep temperatures at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

As March and April bring warm weather, we will be watching for signs of spring in the outdoor gardens, too.

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